Early Sunday morning. Loading up the Subaru.
This has become our routine.
A very happy one.
We've hiked a new trail every weekend for over a month.
Drove down a dirt road, rutted and bumpy. Kept thinking we passed the trailhead and pulled over to check the map several times.
Four miles later, finally found the trailhead.
Strapped on our packs. Bishop was thrilled.
So much so that he ran up a steep embankment, panicked when he saw us heading up the trail without him and proceeded to jump off a 10 foot ledge.
Scared the ever-loving snot out of us.
But other than a road rash on his chin, he was fine.
Spent an hour descending down an old fire road.
Chris kept stopping to check the map, arguing with himself about the location of where we were supposed to get onto a new trail.
All I could do was shrug.
Made it to the first waterfall. Virginia Hawkins Falls.
The rush of gallons of water never fails to cause an intake of breath, to cause me to pause, and just be still for a few minutes.
We continued on.
Crossing the same stream again and again as the trail crossed back and forth.
Went across bridges, wooden and suspension.
Filled my pockets with beautiful stones.
Met two women hiking back out. They took turns rubbing Bishop's ears while we chatted.
The sun was warm and made the buds still tight on tree limbs glow.
A woodpecker's drill echoed throughout the woods.
Spent another hour or descending. Made it to Laurel Fork Falls.
We could hear the roar of the 80 foot waterfall long before we could see it.
Turned a curve in the trail and there it was, rushing into Lake Jocassee.
We took a break, stretched out in the sun, and cooked lunch.
Took off my hiking boots and soaked my feet in very cold and gorgeously clear lake water.
Packed up, strapped on our backpacks, and headed back out.
Up the trail.
Startled when I accidently stepped on a garter snake's tail as it was crossing the path ahead. We both parted ways unharmed and no worse for wear.
Made it to the Subaru, happy and tired.
Decided to see where the rest of the dirt road led.
Drove a few more miles.
And this -
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The Road is Home
The Seed & Plate
Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
The Noisy Plume
Sarah Gee Photography
Fox & Owl Studio
The Stork and The Beanstalk
Mellow Yellow Photography
A Simple Little Journal
What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann